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Aishwarya Rai, Jignesh Shah among WEF's Young Global Leaders

Last updated on: January 16, 2007 15:43 IST

Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai, Godrej executive director Tanya Dubash, Park Hotels president Priya Paul, and Member of Parliament Naveen Jindal are among a list of 25 Indians who have been named Young Global Leaders 2007 by the World Economic Forum.

The WEF on Tuesday released the names of the 250 young leaders who have been selected Young Global Leaders 2007. This honour is bestowed each year by the World Economic Forum to recognise and acknowledge the top 250 young leaders from around the world for their professional accomplishments, their commitment to society and their potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world.

As many as fourteen business leaders from India have been named for the award. They include:

Others who have been named global leaders from the 'politics' category include:

Also featuring in the list from the 'arts and culture' category is:

In the 'social' category, those who have been awarded are:

From the 'opinion category', the two Indians who feature in the list are:

Drawn from a pool of over 4,000 candidates, the Young Global Leaders nominated in 2007 have been chosen by a selection committee of 34 eminent international media leaders, including Marjorie Scardino, chief executive, Pearson, United Kingdom; Arthur Sulzberger, chairman and publisher, The New York Times, USA; Tom Glocer, chief executive officer, Reuters, United Kingdom; and Hisashi Hieda, chairman and chief executive officer, Fuji Television Network, Japan.

The committee is chaired by Her Majesty Queen Rania of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

The Young Global Leaders 2007 include 125 business leaders, as well as leaders from governments, academia, media and society at large from nearly 70 countries. The new class represents all regions, including nominees from East Asia (50), Europe (50), Middle East and North Africa (25), North America (50), South Asia (30), sub-Saharan Africa (20) and Latin America (25).

The current community of 416 Young Global Leaders represents 90 countries and includes Larry Page and Sergey Brin, co-founders of Google; Mikheil Saakashvili, President of Georgia; Kumi Naidoo, secretary-general and chief executive officer, Civicus: World Alliance for Citizen Participation; Daniela Mercury, Singer, Brazil; and Michelle Guthrie, chief executive officer, Star Group.

"Confronting and tackling global challenges will require fresh, strategic thinking from global leaders, as well as innovative and truly international solutions based on global collaboration. This is why I created The Forum of Young Global Leaders -- to be a voice for the future in global thought processes," said Klaus Schwab, executive chairman of the World Economic Forum in a media release.

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